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Stallion Station for the Rare Colonial Spanish Mission Horse

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Stallion Station for the Rare Colonial Spanish Mission Horse Madera, California 93636
Madera, California 93636
Breed: Other
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More Information at: ranchodelsueno.com
Rancho Del Sueño is dedicated to the preservation of the rare and very unique Colonial Spanish Horse. We have the largest gene pool in existence that we know of, standing over 20 stallions for breeding. These horses are baroque in type with a naturally round top line and are extremely athletic and naturally well-balanced. They are also very comprehensive learners with expressive personalities. They are the original horse of the Vaqueros and extremely suitable for both working and performance purposes. This breed is of great value in improving the genetics of current breeds so its continued conservation is extremely important.

These horses are the descendents of those that were brought over form Spain to build the "New World" in the early 16th century. They are living examples of the full-bodied, colorful battle horses depicted in many of the paintings of the early renaissance period. They still possess the strength of character and hardiness that would have been required of the horses that survived the journey across the Atlantic to build the Americas.

"The Cruce horses are one of a very small handful (five would be a very optimistic estimate) of strains of horses derived from Spanish colonial days that persist as purely (or as nearly enough as can be determined) Spanish to the present day. The need to conserve this herd is great, since they do represent a unique genetic resource. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has become interested in rare breed conservation over the last fifteen years, and their interest in horses is limited to those breeds that are uninfluenced by the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. The reason they have limited their interest and energy to horses without such influence is the incredibly scarcity of such populations worldwide. The Cruce horses fit in this category very securely, and are therefore of great interest and importance not only to North America, but also in the worldwide efforts to conserve genetically unique populations of livestock.

The American Minor Breeds Conservancy is very interested in this population. It must be emphasized that this interest is very great in the care of the Cruce horses, and very limited with regard to most other horse types. For example, the AMBC has no interest in the conservation of western feral populations except for the few (two) of purely Spanish phenotype. The Cruce population is a most significant discovery of a type of horses thought to be gone forever."

(D.P Sponenburg, DVM. PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology and Genetics, Technical Panel Chair, American Rare Breeds Conservancy, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA 24061)

Company / Farm:
Rancho Del Sueno - Rancho Del Sueno is the equine division of Heritage Discovery Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Colonial Spanish Horse and the innovation of equine assisted experiential education. We are a training, education, therapy, and conservation center.

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